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Gulf War Syndrome
Trying To Explain The Unexplainable

On September 12, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a division of the National Academy of Sciences and among the nation’s pre-eminent authorities on health and medicine, published the final installment in its major report. Six years in the making, Gulf War and Health evaluated numerous variables—including toxic chemical agents, known environmental hazards, preventive medicines, and vaccines—that might have contributed to the condition generally known as Gulf War Syndrome (GWS).. [read complete article]

A Family Affair:
The Kern Brothers in Vietnam

Hank Kern, the infantry grunt and oldest brother, was the first to go. Drafted into the Army, he was 20 years old when he stepped ashore in Vietnam in 1966. Four brothers followed—Dan, Frank, John, and David. Another brother, Ricky, the youngest of the six boys in the family, volunteered for Vietnam but didn’t go. His brothers said Ricky didn’t like that one bit. With one in the Army, one in the Navy, three in the Marines—and at one point, three of them in Vietnam at the same time—the Vietnam War became a Kern family affair ...[read complete article]

Broadway To Baghdad

What do VVA, the nation’s best veterans’ service organization, and New York City’s Broadway, the nation’s (if not the world’s) top-quality live entertainment institution, have in common? At first blush, you might say not much. But consider this: VVA has had strong connections in the last fifteen years with the productions of Miss Saigon and Movin’ Out, two of the biggest and most successful Broadway musicals of all time. When the bombastic, Vietnam-War-themed Miss Saigon had its debut on the Great White Way in 1991, VVA was there, sponsoring a sold-out fund-raising evening at the theater. [read complete article]

South Dakota Memorial Dedication
A Rousing Welcome Home

t was Hometown U.S.A. welcomes home Vietnam veterans,” VVA President John Rowan said of the two days of events that accompanied the dedication of South Dakota’s Vietnam War Memorial on Saturday, September 16, in the capital city of Pierre. Rowan, along with VVA North Dakota State Council President Dan Stenvold, was among the many special guests at the event, which drew some 32,000 people. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, the state’s entire congressional delegation.[read complete article]




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